About Woodland Beasties Ltd

Valerie BurnsValerie Burns
Owner and Director of Woodland Beasties Ltd.

Hello I’m Val! I have been involved in Forest Schools since 2012 where I volunteered at a Forest School playgroup for a year and a half. It was here where my love for the outdoors and my passion to set up my own business really came to light.

2015 was a busy year, in January I enrolled and qualifed as a Level 3 Forest School Practitioner and by September Woodland Beasties was set up! I hold a current ITC Forest School First Aid qualification and an enhanced DBS.

I love seeing the excitement on children’s faces when they do, build or make something for the first time. It’s fantastic to be involved in their enthusiasm for the outdoors.

My favourite thing is seeking out mini-beasts and using natural resources to build and make things.

Valerie Burns

Sarah FarrellSarah Farrell
Owner and Director of Woodland Beasties Ltd

I have been involved in forest schools since 2013 where I volunteered with at a playgroup.  I was inspired by this and undertook my forest schools training in 2015. I am a fully qualified level 3 Forest Schools Practitioner, have an enhanced DBS and also have my ITC Forest School First Aid qualification.

Growing up in Canada, the wilderness was my playground.  I spent hours everyday outside playing with my brothers and sister, finding new adventures and creating imaginary worlds. Being outdoors and having the freedom to explore has so many advantages and I wanted to find a way to bring that to others. Setting up Woodland Beasties has been an adventure in itself and has given me the chance to help foster a love of the outdoors in others.

Sarah Farrell

Gemma photoGemma Maxfield

Gemma is a mum of two lovely little ones, who definitely keep her very busy!  She is a former teacher and Duke of Edinburgh leader who loves the outdoors.  It can be anything from walking to camping or exploring nature with the kids!

Gemma has just renewed her Outdoor First Aid qualification and is an extremely valuable member of the Woodland Beasties team.





Ann photo Ann Medawar

Ann is a retired Midwife who has three grown up children and has been married for 40 years.  She loves the outdoors and spends as much time as she can either walking, cycling or skiing!

She’s always ready for a new adventure!

Ann has her outdoor First Aid Qualification and is always ready to help!  We are so grateful to have her as part of the Woodland Beasties team!